Green Buildings: King Abdullah University

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has been selected as one of the 2010 "Top Ten Green Projects" by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE). The annual awards programme honours sustainable projects resulting from an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. As Saudi Arabia's first LEED certified project and the world's largest LEED-NC Platinum project, KAUST is a new international, graduate-level research university established to drive innovation in science and technology and world-class research in areas such as energy and the environment. The 6.5-million m² campus is on a 9000-acre site. Environmentally friendly features include: 100% wastewater reuse, 27.1% annual energy cost savings compared with a classic campus, 7.8% on-site renewable energy and 80% of glazing shaded year-round.